Friends of Downs View


Contact through the School Office – 01233 632339  or email

About the Friends

The Friends of Downs View is the Parent/Teacher Association for our school.  Our role is to organise and run fund-raising activities. Any money raised is used to provide resources, both large and small, to benefit the children at the school.  The Friends Committee works very closely with the school to ensure that the funds raised go to approved projects. All parents automatically become members of the ‘Friends’ when their children join the school, and we would really love you to get involved and have a more active role. Please keep an eye out in your child’s book bag for information on upcoming meetings and future events!  Join The Committee.  Help with special events.  Offer your ideas and suggestions.

Spring Newsletter

The Friends of Downsview would like to thank everyone for their continued support in all we are doing to raise monies for the school.  As you are aware there was a readathon recently and sponsor monies are coming in and the school will update with a total raised in due course. 


During 2018, the Friends raised almost £11,000 which has gone towards the purchase of Ipads and Laptops for use in the school, recently over £600 has been spent on the purchase of new reading books for the children to use and gifts for the children at Easter and Christmas. 


Co-op Local Community Cause

Don’t forget to nominate Friends of Downs View as your local Community Cause on your Co-op card. We are one of their Local Community Causes until October 2019.    If you do not have a card yet but do shop in the Co-op please think about enrolling in this scheme as any amount will count, even the smallest amount.  You can enrol online and for further information, please click the following link:


Colouring Competition

Whilst talking about the Co-op the children will shortly be bringing home in their book bag, a picture for them to colour if they wish to do so.  We have jointly organised a colouring competition with the Co-op and each entry into the competition will cost 50p and all monies raised from this will be going to the Friends of Downs View.  If your child wishes to enter please return the completed picture to the school with the 50p entry.  All completed pictures are going to be displayed inside the Co-op so the children will be able to see their picture in the shop.  There will be prizes for three winners who will be announced after Easter with the winning pictures displayed in the Co-op.


Mother’s Day Gift Sale

As noted in the school’s newsletter, the Friends are holding the Mother’s Day Gift shop again this year and this will be held on 25th(Year 2), 26th(Reception) and 27th(Year 1) March.  The children have always enjoyed this and seeing the excitement on their faces when they are purchasing their own gifts makes the sale worth it. The children can bring in their donation for the sale on Friday 22ndMarch.  If you would like your child to take part please send your child in with £2 in an envelope or purse/wallet  to purchase a gift if for their Mother/Nan, Auntie or Sister which will be wrapped up for them and they will bring it home in time for Mother’s Day.


Plea for help

If anyone has any time to spare on the 25th, 26thor 27th March from about 1.45 the Friends would be grateful for any assistance you can provide in wrapping up the children’s Easter gifts.   


Spring Fayre

We will also be holding a Spring Fayre on the 3rdMay and further details in relation to this will be provided in due course.  On this occasion we do have some space to have stalls from other people and if you know anyone that would like a stall, please contact the Friends on friendsofdownsview@gmail.comfor further information. 



Shelley, Kirsty, Richie and Alison

And all of  the people that have volunteered to help to date

Autumn Newsletter

Halloween Parties

We have had an exciting start to the with the children all enjoying the Halloween parties. The children were all very excited and enjoyed themselves whilst bobbing for apples and having a go at the spooky lucky dips.

Everyone had fun and the Friends would like to say a big thank you to the parents who gave up their time to help with the preparations for the parties and staying to enjoy the fun with the children.

From the sale of the Halloween tickets and pumpkins, we raised just over £450.00. We also held a pre-loved uniform sale before half term and this raised a further £86.00. We will be holding another of these in the future but if there is any uniform you would like, please contact us and we will let you know if we have it.

Christmas Card Designs

We have also been excited to see the designs the children have come up with for their Christmas Cards and we thank those of you that took part in this project. The finished cards should be with us at the beginning of December and we will keep you updated on the progress of these. Once the finished cards are received, we can update you as to what percentage of the monies from the purchase of these cards goes to the Friends.


More good news is that the Friends of Downsview, have been selected as one of the local Community Causes for the Co-op until October 2019. What this means is that if you have a Co-op card, you can sign into your account and select the Friends of Downsview as your local Charity that you would like to support and each time you shop in a Co-op, 1% cashback of any own brand products you buy, will go to our Cause.

We therefore make a plea to any of you that have a Co-op card together with your friends and families (if they are not already supporting a Cause) to log on and select the Friends of Downsview as your local Community Cause.

If you do not have a card yet but do shop in the Co-op please think about enrolling in this scheme as any amount will count, even the smallest amount. You can enrol online and for further information, please click the following link: 9

Christmas Fayre

The next exciting event that is on the calendar is the annual Christmas Fayre. This is on Friday 7th December from 3.15 pm in the school hall. There will be a raffle, tombola, lucky lollies and lucky envelopes to name a few of the stalls.

We are arranging a couple of sessions prior to this to get things ready for the Christmas Fayre. We will let you know the dates for these sessions as soon as possible which will be from about 1.30 pm to 2.45 pm at school. We would be grateful for any help in wrapping lucky dip prizes, arranging the lucky envelopes and wrapping presents.

Get Together

We will also be having a parent Social on Wednesday 21st November at the Conningbrook Pub from 7.30 pm. We may have some Christmas bits to sort out but it is also a great opportunity for parents to get to know each other and have a chat and catch up.

Reading Books

From the monies that have been raised so far from Halloween and uniform sale, this will be put towards the purchase of new reading books for the children to use both in school and for reading at home. Any monies raised at the Christmas Fayre will also go towards this and the school are hoping to purchase the first set of books early next term.

Kennington Summer Fayre

Setting Up
The buzzer challenge proved possible with these 2 adults able to complete it without setting the buzzer off! Amazing!
The Mayoress came to pan for gold and was delighted that she found some!
Many staff and parents came to support which was fantastic! There was a great community feel!


We would like to say a huge thank you to all the parents & children who took part in our Mother’s Day gift shop. We had lots of fun wrapping & listening to the excited children talking about what their mummy would like & where they would hide their gift.

It was really nice to meet some new mum’s & ladies who came along to help out, it’s always nice to meet new people. We wish all our mums & special ladies a fun filled day on Sunday.

We managed to raise a healthy sum of £396 which will go towards our wish list.

Sponsored Bounce

So far we have raised £2673 which is an amazing amount of money, so we just want you all to know how grateful we are. WELL DONE EVERYONE.

Once things have quietened down we will announce the winners of our top fundraisers.

Thursday 15th March at the Conningbrooke – social event – If you haven’t been to our social events before then pop along to the bar from 7.30pm to see what we get up to or just for a natter. If anyone needs a lift then email us on We look forward to meeting you.

24th March Towers school Invicta Choir

We still have tickets available for this event which is a fundraising event between the WI & ourselves. If you wish to know more then catch me (Mandy) in the playground or give me a ring on 07710264993. Tickets can be purchased by sending money to the office .

Quiz Night 20th April

Oops I apparently sent out wrong date for our snakes & ladders quiz night. More details on paper to follow.

Easter Fun Time – 26th March

Our Easter fun will be after school on the above date from 3pm where you will be able to purchase our flannel bunnies & have a go on some stalls. You may wish to just come along to make an Easter card.

We also have our Easter cake competition for the children to take part in.

We will update you nearer the time.

From Mandy, Maureen, Francesca, Shelley & Rachel.

Mothers’ Day Gifts

Christmas Fayre

Thank you to the children who took part in the Christmas cake competition on Friday.

The cakes were then sold at the Christmas Fayre. The winners were as follows:-


Frankie P – 1st place

Isla D – 2nd place

Year 1

Leo B – 1st place

Grayson F – 2nd place

Year 2

Zoe T – 1st place

Evie P – 2nd place

Runners-up were a group of children who took part whilst their parents were at a Governor’s meeting; the children were aged between 2 & 10 years.

All the cakes were judged by one of our ladies in the kitchen so a huge thank you to her.

Our cookies at the Fayre were made by Megan in our school kitchen so a huge thank you to you & your team.

Lastly a thank you must go to Jen for making the amazing gingerbread cake for Guess the Weight. The nearest weight guess was won by one of the Friends, Francesca.

Christmas Fayre

We raised a total of £920.48 which will be put towards much needed I- pads for our children in school.

We still have a few bits left from Friday to sell so we will be in the playground today & Friday to try to see if we can reach a grand total of £1.000, which would be amazing.

Thank you once again for your continued support.

Maureen, Francesca, Shelley, Rachel & Mandy

Tuesday 28th Nov

Thank you for all parents that came along to help with wwrapping.

We are all set for the Christmas Fayre now and hope to see you there on Friday from 3.15pm -5 pm.

Come along for some fun and some Christmas shopping!


There will be a range of festive stalls with a chance to do some secret Christmas shopping and even have a chance to win this fabulous cake which has been kindly made and donated by one of our parents. The choir will also be providing entertainment from 4 pm.

We hope to see you there!

Maureen, Mandy, Francesca, Rachel, and Shelley

PAMPER/SHOPPING NIGHT- Friday 24th November 2017

We had a fabulous night at our Pamper/shopping event on Friday 24th November where 30 people came and had the opportunity to browse the many stalls, treatments on offer. It

We are very pleased to say that we raised £452 from the stalls, raffles and hot drinks. This will be used to pay for more exciting ‘Wow’ workshops’ and put towards more i-pads.

We would like to say a huge thank you for the help we received, all raising more money for your children.

Halloween Disco

We hope you all had fun with your friends at the disco. We raised £273 which will go towards the cost of the Indian workshop which was presented to Year 2 this week. Other year groups will also have a workshop like this to look forward to during the year which we hope we can fund!

We are saving for more i-pads so every penny counts!

This year so far we have paid for Teddy bears for every new child at Downs View, Wow workshop for year 2 and will be paying for  a special gift at Christmas for every child.

Future events : Pamper night Friday 24th November and Christmas Fair Friday 1st December – please support us. If you would like to support the Friends team during or preparing for an event, please email Mandy and the Friends team on

Pamper Evening

We are holding a shopping & pamper evening on November 24th at 7pm. If you would like more details including a list of the people selling please email or phone 07710264993.

Tickets will be available from Rachel & Francesca in the playground from Monday onwards or by contacting us.

We would like to apologise for the spelling mistake on the poster, we will put up a corrected version.

Parents Evening

As you may be aware we were selling pre-loved uniform in the hall and tickets for our Chocolate Raffle. This raffle will be drawn on our pamper evening so there is still time to buy a ticket for £1 for a chance to win £50 of Chocoholics items.

24th November – Non uniform day – Christmas

We will be holding a non-uniform day for items for the Christmas Fayre. We would kindly ask if Reception and Year 1 children can bring in a new game, toy or puzzle. We would be grateful for donations of Christmas chocolates or biscuits from Year 2 children.

We will shortly be asking for elves to come in and help wrap Santa’s gifts. This will be an opportunity to get together with us for a drink, biscuits and catch up.

Thank you for your continued support.

Maureen, Francesca, Shelley, Rachel and Mandy